Rajneeti…—an intense course in ancient Hindi. If d film is a bouncer just remember Godfather and put things in perspective…
I received this text message from my friend Shalini, who watched the film the day it released.
The Godfather angle was a new one, as all reviews and speculations about Rajneeti was that it was based on the Mahabharata.
Now I had to see this doubly inspired film. So off I went to see Rajneeti.
The first half was well-paced, had some strong characterisation, and kept me hooked. All this of course changed in the second half. It was downhill all the way, particularly the dialogues.
In fact, I would say that the dialogues are the biggest drawback of the film. I did not have a problem with ‘ancient hindi’, as Shalini had, as it fitted in well with the geographical area that the film is based in. My problem was that the dialogues did not match the character who spoke them. For example, Katrina Kaif’s character suddenly changes from speaking ‘regular Hindi’ to ‘ancient Hindi’.
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